Drug treatment facility gets $10,000
Kendall Wong, First Hawaiian Bank Windward City Branch manager, presented $10,000 to Hina Mauka recently as the second installment of a five-year $50,000 grant. The First Hawaiian Foundation made the grant to Hina Mauka's Kokua Fund to help save the lives of people who need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Hina Mauka runs a 48-bed residential facility in Kaneohe and offers services at 23 sites on Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Donations can be mailed to Hina Mauka, 45-845 Pookela St., Kaneohe, HI 96744.
Exhibit features native artists
The Hale Naua III Society of Hawaiian Arts of Hilo is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an exhibition showcasing more than two dozen native artists from Hawaii and across North America.
"Pa'a Ka La'a Animism and Totemism: Contemporary Expressions from an Indigenous Mind" opened Friday in the Bishop Museum's Vestibule Gallery. It runs through April 22.
The exhibition honors Maui-born artist Leialoha Kanahele, 80, Hale Naua III member since 1976. She has contributed to hundreds of exhibitions here and overseas. For more information, call 847-3511 or see www.bishopmuseum.org.
Film explores life of Buddhist teacher
The story of a famous Japanese Buddhist teacher instrumental in introducing Zen Buddhism to the Western world is told in a documentary film to be shown tomorrow at Pacific Buddhist Academy, 1727 Pali Highway.
"A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki" will be shown at 6:30 p.m., followed by a discussion about the film and Buddhist philosophy by members of the Diamond Sangha Palolo Zen Center and the Soto Mission of Honolulu. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The documentary film by independent Canadian producer Michael Goldbert was shown in the recent Hawaii International Film Festival. It won a Chris Award at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival in Ohio.
Suzuki wrote about Buddhism and translated many ancient Buddhist teachings into English.
Girl Scout council honors Hawaii women
The Girl Scout Council of Hawaii
honored three female leaders in business with its 2006 Woman of Distinction awards at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
They are Meredith Ching, vice president of government and community relations at Alexander & Baldwin Inc.; Donna Goth, president of Kapolei Property Development LLC and Aina Nui Corp., affiliates of the James Campbell Company LLC; and Kathy Inouye, chief operating officer and partner with the Kobayashi Group LLC.
They were selected for being "trailblazers" in Hawaii's land development industry and as role models not just for girls, but for all women, according to a Girl Scout release.
Benjamin I. Fukumoto, formerly with IBM and GTE Hawaiian Tel, received the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays from the government of Japan. The imperial decoration is the highest form of recognition from the emperor of Japan, comparable to receiving knighthood.
The past head of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce received the award for contributing to the promotion of U.S.-Japanese economic and relations and mutual friendship. Fukumoto also is immediate past president of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii and the Hiroshima Kenjin Kai.
"Shining Stars" runs Monday through Thursday.
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND
Monetary gifts may be sent to:
Good Neighbor Fund
c/o Helping Hands Hawaii
P.O. Box 17780
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-0780
Clothing, household items and gifts can be donated at the Community Clearinghouse, 2100 Nimitz Highway.
You may also participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, in which businesses, employee groups, social clubs, families or individuals can help a specific family.
Call 440-3804 for information about the program or to arrange for pickup of large items.
Police, Fire, Courts
Visitor dies while hiking up Haleakala
WAILUKU » A visitor died of a heart attack while hiking at a high elevation in Haleakala National Park on Maui.
Paul Ezatoff, 51, was hiking with a companion a half-mile down Sliding Sands Trail when he collapsed after complaining of fatigue, park spokesman Dominic Cardea said.
Cardea said park officials received an emergency call at about 4:23 p.m. Sunday, and a hiker and an emergency nurse who happened to be on the trail applied CPR.
After 20 minutes of strenuous efforts with no pulse or respiration, the two discontinued the CPR, Cardea said. Cardea reminded visitors that the summit is located at a high altitude with low oxygen levels, and people with pre-existing heart or respiratory conditions are warned to avoid the summit.
The Sliding Sands Trail meanders between 7,500 and 10,000 feet in elevation.
Alabama man drowns in effort to save boy
LUMAHAI, Kauai » Alabama resident Dwayne Trotti died trying to save a Honolulu teenager who was swept out at one of Kauai's deadliest beaches.
According to Kauai fire officials, the 14-year-old boy was swept out near the river mouth at Lumahai Beach. Trotti, 43, along with the boy's grandfather and another visitor, jumped in to try to help. But, with a 4-foot swell and a strong current to deal with, surfers and bodyboarders in the area had to come to their rescue.
A retired police officer started to administer CPR to Trotti, and firefighters and emergency medical technicians continued lifesaving efforts upon their arrival. He was pronounced dead at Wilcox Hospital.
The 14-year-old boy and the other Alabama men were brought to Wilcox for treatment.
Trotti is the 13th person to drown on the Garden Isle this year.
Man loses control of SUV, crashes condo
POIPU, Kauai » The lone occupant of a sport utility vehicle sustained minor injuries yesterday after he crashed into the living room of a condominium.
A woman who was in the condo at the time of the incident escaped without injuries. The accident caused $200,000 in damage. According to Kauai police, the 42-year-old man was driving south on the Koloa bypass road when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ground-floor unit at the Regency at Poipu Kai at about 12:30 p.m. He was taken to Wilcox Hospital for treatment.
Boy, 10, critically hurt after bicycle collision with car
A 10-year-old Big Island boy was flown to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition after a bicycle he was on collided with a sport utility vehicle in Honokaa on Sunday.*
Police said the boy and his 13-year-old brother were riding a bicycle at about 8:13 a.m. along Apua Road and failed to stop at a stop sign. They broadsided a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo being driven toward Hilo on Hawaii Belt Road by a 63-year-old Honokaa man, police said.
The boys were not wearing helmets, and it was unclear who was driving the bicycle, police said. Fire rescue personnel took the boys to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where the older boy remained in fair condition, police said. The younger boy was later flown to Queen's. The driver of the SUV was not injured.
Big Isle motorcycle crash victim identified
Big Island police identified a motorcycle rider who died Saturday from injuries he received in a motorcycle crash Thursday as 53-year-old Craig Degen of Captain Cook. Police said Degen went off Highway 11 at about 2:46 a.m. and hit a wall. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.
Suspect is nabbed for alleged assaults
Police arrested a 27-year-old man who allegedly assaulted two other men and threatened a third in separate incidents.
Police said that at about 1:25 p.m. Sunday, the suspect threatened a 35-year-old man with a weapon and damaged his car in Chinatown.
Officers called to the scene found that the suspect was carrying credit cards and other personal information belonging to another person, police said.
Police then connected the man to an incident earlier in the day, at about 11:50 a.m. near Ala Moana, where the suspect allegedly assaulted two men, ages 44 and 62, with a weapon.
He was arrested for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal property damage and unauthorized possession of personal and confidential information.
Manoa man arrested in shotgun threats
Police arrested a 25-year-old Manoa man who allegedly confronted a motorist while carrying a shotgun.
Police said the suspect saw an unfamiliar car parked across from his Cooper Road house at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The suspect grabbed a shotgun and confronted the driver, who drove off, police said.
A witness called police several hours later and reported the incident. The shotgun was not loaded, police said. The man was arrested for a firearm violation and then released pending investigation.